RATIONAL After over 4.5 years of enjoying my old desktop, i have been looking for a reason to upgrade. Having seen the release of Red Dead 2 on PC, i started to sell myself on the idea of beginning afresh. My old rig was open-loop cooled, and upgrading or repairing any breakdowns would have been far too labour intensive and expensive to bother thinking about (all that liquid and those cooling blocks) - so i sold it. I simply don't have the time to devote to an open-loop rig anymore.
I decided to opt for the same colour theme, as i like how white/black stands out in the ever increasing world of RGB components. Unfortunately i prefer aesthetics over saving money, so i'm fully aware this setup could be made drastically cheaper - i just enjoy the art of building.
PARTS I realised going into part selection that i could probably increase my specs slightly, at the cost of every "pretty" component. Some i7 combined with, potentially, an RTX 2080 would almost definitely have been feasible had i sacrificed these components. However at the time of purchase these were approximately £300+ more. While the 2080 would have beefed up my frames slightly, the 2070 super still held the cost/performance ratio at the time, meaning a very negligible performance increase for a lot of money, as well as the i7 contributing very little to my gaming. I quickly decided that my love for looks trumped what would really be a marginal increase in performance for a lot more money.
As logical as i was for CPU/GPU combo, i was slightly less objective when it came to RAM. Failing to fill all 4 DIMM slots felt like i was undoing all my hard work in balancing looks and performance. I had a choice; 32GB of RAM, or 16GB of RAM with Corsair's addressable RGB dummy RAM... i don't need to say any more on that.
To beef up the colour theme-ing, i opted to get some coloured braided cables. Rather than dropping nearly £100 on an entire new cable kit, i bought extension cables to attach onto the existing GPU ones. No real issues except more to cable manage. Saved money, and they came with cable combs which i enjoy deeply.
The ADATA SSD came highly rated as a Samsung competitor, without the samsung price.. which i was keen on. Once aboard the NVMe bandwagon, it appears you can't get off.
I also have 1TB worth of SATA SSD and a 4TB HDD that i pulled off of my old PC, which haven't been included in the price, as well as 2x Dell U2515H 1440p monitors that i have had for a number of years.
This cooler/motherboard/RAM combo does not physically work very well. The pipes coming off of the right hand side of the cooler made getting the 1st DIMM slotted in a royal faff, to the point where i thought it might not be possible. How a cooler manufacturer can basically cover a DIMM slot and QA sign off the product is beyond me, but i guess they can't test everything. I suppose i should have check this too, but it came down to the millimetre (and a bit of force).
I bought a EKWB heatsink to be attached to this SSD. It does not fit. The memory modules on the SSD (both sides of the PCB on the 512GB model) were too thick for the clamps that hold both sides of the heat-sink in place. Luckily some tight black zip ties worked, but are definitely not ideal.
Do not buy this AiO cooler with this case if you want to keep the front LED fans. I goofed on this one and missed this in the small print of the case specs. To keep the front LED fans, you need to opt for a 280mm rad (which i wish i had purchased). I ad-hoc'd it. The fans are currently held in place with 3M tape and my prayers.